Posted November 01, 2019
(Pictured L to R: Joe Sullivan, President of Legg Mason, and Robert Cawley, Board Chair and President of RCM&D; Estefania Garcia-Torres '20 and Tyler Fullwood '20; Tracy Cerrato, Bill Heiser, President of CRJ, Dan Rizzo, Trustee and Chief Innovation Officer at Inovalon, and Kelly Rizzo) 

Baltimore, M.d., November 1, 2019 – On Monday night nearly 400 CEOs, philanthropists, and their guests - supporters of Baltimore’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ) - gathered at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel for the school’s annual Celebration for the Future event. 

Cristo Rey trustees have been hosting an annual event since 2007, but for the first time on Monday, they asked their fellow attendees to make a commitment on the spot. Attendees came together to raise more than $330,000 in one night to leverage a challenge gift from Dan and Kelly Rizzo who committed to provide scholarships to incoming students. 

Through the school’s Corporate Internship Program (CIP), each student at Cristo Rey works one day a week at a business in the greater Baltimore area to earn a portion of his or her tuition. Global asset manager Legg Mason was honored at the event for its role in supporting the CIP. In accepting the award, Chairman and CEO Joe Sullivan recognized the Legg Mason employees who have mentored CRJ interns. Legg Mason has been involved with the program since it started in 2007 and has sponsored 25 students over the years.

Also in attendance were representatives from additional CIP partners including A&R Development, Continental Realty Corp., D.F. Dent & Co., Gallagher Evelius & Jones, Howard Bank, JMI Equity, Johns Hopkins Health System, KELLY, Keswick Multi-Care Center, Loyola University, The MacKenzie Companies, Maryland Live!, McDonogh, Mercy Medical Center, Nelson Mullins, RCM&D, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Medical Center, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and more. 

Zhané Chase ‘12, an Industry Coordinator at Whiting-Turner, started working there as a CRJ intern when she was just 16 years old. Chase ‘12, who went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore spoke at the event. She shared, “I’m grateful for Cristo Rey and the internship with Whiting-Turner because it gave me the opportunity to get the real world experience to be able to take my internship and turn it into a career .” 

Karis Harris ‘11, one of CRJ’s first graduates and a Case Manager at St. Vincent de Paul and Calvin Smith ‘12, a Network Engineer at the National Institute of Health, also shared their remarks. 

 “I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Cristo Rey’s many supporters, corporate partners, students, alumni, as well as our faculty and staff. We raised a record amount in one evening to support our incredible students, who are the future leaders of Baltimore” stated CRJ President Dr. Bill Heiser.
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